Kovalev to New Jersey???

The most reliable, and the best, reporter in the hockey world Larry Brooks reports the following:http://www.nypost.com/sports/devils/51925.htm

DETROIT – There is nothing more in Lou Lamoriello’s character than the GM making a move that appears completely out of character. Or did anyone anticipate the trades for Vladimir Malakhov and Alexander Mogilny; the return of Claude Lemieux; or the dismissals of Robbie Ftorek, Larry Robinson and Kevin Constantine?

Which is why it is impossible to dismiss the whispers from responsible sources that the Devils have significant interest in Pittsburgh’s Alexei Kovalev. It has been difficult to confirm the report, but understand this is New Jersey we’re discussing here, whose GM once promised (or is that, threatened?) an agent of a player the Devils were about to acquire that the trade would be off if news of the impending deal appeared in this paper.

We’re told that the Penguins, who won’t be in position to keep Kovalev when the winger opts for salary arbitration next summer, have talked to the Devils about moving the mercurial, explosive, entertaining and charismatic winger – four adjectives, by the way, that apply to no one currently in a New Jersey uniform – in exchange for a package of lower-priced alternatives that would include a puck-moving defenseman. Mario Lemieux, we have it on good authority, is clamoring for one.

The Devils most certainly can fill that requirement by including Brian Rafalski in a package – perhaps with Jiri Bicek and/or Christian Berglund – for Kovalev, who would bring more creativity to the Meadowlands since Lamoriello on the day he came up with answers to explain replacing Robinson with Constantine. It’s a match, and a good one, for both clubs.

Kovalev, who has 17 goals playing for the freewheeling Penguins – Jamie Langenbrunner, by contrast, leads the Devils with eight – is earning $4.6 million this season. And though there are concerns that he could receive an arbitration award of over $7M for next year, his last before hitting unrestricted free agency for the lockout season, Kovalev more likely will find himself in the ballpark of $5.1M that Billy Guerin received from an arbitrator two summers ago. Dissimilar players, obviously, but very similar career stats.

The Devils can afford $5.1M for Kovalev next year. It’s just $2M more than they’ll owe Rafalski, who will turn 31 during the lockout. Truth is, the Devils need the attributes Kovalev, traditionally a superior big-game player, possesses. They are not winning enough. They can’t sell a ticket. The entertainment quotient is nil.

What could be more entertaining that watching Pat Burns watch Alex Kovalev?


23 Responses to Kovalev to New Jersey???

  1. mikster says:

    That would be a wild one, and why not do it?

    Sure, Kovalev won’t satisfy Burns defensively, but he could light it up for the Devils PP and offense.

    What will it take to get Kovalev though? That’s a tough call. I like Berglund a lot, and if the Devils are winning, they really don’t need to acquire such a big change. Keep the youngster!

    Penguins do need a change, however, and trading Kovalev would turn things around for this team, make them worse now, better in the future.

    Craig patrick can’t pull the same trigger he used to shoot Jagr out of Pittsburgh, he has to take a better deal in return, not just three decent prospects. Would you have liked to have Hlavac and York now, eh Craig?

    I cannot see this deal go down though, the Penguins need a defenseman and the Devils should not even consider trading one of their defensemen, and they don’t have much to give up from their minor league team.

    I can definitely see Kovalev going to Detroit. That would make it easier to re-sign Fedorov, and re-sign Kovalev for next season. Detroit also has a defenseman they can give up.

  2. wingsrock34 says:

    i would love to c Kovalev come to the wings, but i dont c the devils tradeing for him cuz there so tight with there money and if memory serves Stevens only makes around 5 million dosent he if he does i dont c them paying him more then there captian

  3. aaron says:

    How is adding Kovalev’s salary going to make it easier to sign Fedorov, who I don’t think we can afford as it is?

  4. mikster says:

    Russian mates + success + friendship = they would not ask as much.

  5. TrojanMan says:

    The PENS wont trade Kovalev to a team in the atlantic division. And yes, they CAN afford him next season because the Jonsson, Laukkanen, Vujtek, and Daigle contracts will be up and CP wont be the dumbass he was before and resign these losers. That will free up nearly 3 million to give Kovy his raise. He wont be going anywhere unless we get a deal that blows our minds and Rafalski and a youngster isnt gonna do it.

  6. Tony says:

    If Yzerman doesn’t return i can also see the Wings signing Kovalev. Detroit will be losing lucky Luc’s salary and Hull’s salary next year, and if Yzerman retires that leaves alot of money open to sign both Fedorov and Kovalev, who both played together on the Russian Olympic team and looked really good with each other.

  7. sportside24 says:

    If he goes anywhere it will probally be Toronto. The Leafs are one of the only teams that can afford kovalev, and they have players like boyes, pilar, etc… to offer. Pat Quinn has said he is looking for some offence to add… They are willing to spend the money since they went after 3 quality UFA last summer..

  8. czar5 says:

    Kovalev playing for Burns? No way. Alexei Kovalev has tons of natural talent, but he is a defensive liability. Brian Rafalski is a top flite defenseman, underrated by the NHL press. NJ is in first and Brooks is babbling about “entertainment quotient?” What is that, the NY Rangers style of play, giving up odd man rushes regularly and having your forwards hang at the red line? Writers have to crank out a column daily, so often they invent rumors. Kovalev is much more likely to return to the Rangers, where he’ll be wonderfully overpaid. He can have tea at center ice with Pavel Bure.

  9. mikster says:

    I don’t know, after the Jagr deal…i doubt Patrick’s moves. Why did he not trade Lang again????

    The Pens cannot afford to pay Kovalev $8M a season he would probably want. If they wanted to keep him, they should have already signed him.

    The team is slumping, losing, and they need more players…and no…not just prospects.

  10. NewYorkRangers says:

    Trade him to the West or to the Rangers. I hate when he plays the Rangers, he rips them up all the time. Then again, everyone rips the Rangers up.

  11. mikster says:

    Toronto might actually get him….but i think Quinn will make it bigger by adding Jagr.

  12. garry1221 says:

    wouldn’t be so quick to say we’re losin hully next year, if he still has the desire to play and gets 30… or was it 35 goals he’s got an automatic contract extension for 4.5 mill.

  13. Leaf_Expert says:

    The odds of him going to a Canadian team are better than any other team….

    And why would he go to Detriot???They can’t afford his salary…and NO he won’t take a pay cut…Hes a greedy european…and hes not friends with Federov…I don’t even think they even speak to each other…..

  14. TrojanMan says:

    How are they better? With the canadian dollar being worth barely 60% of the US dollar? How does that translate into him going to Canada? And no, Toronto doesnt have what it will take to get him shut just shut your pie hole self proclaimed “expert”

  15. nixter says:

    KOVALEV will become a bruin. Tell me I am dreaming.

  16. big_booty says:

    Come off it, already. Toronto won’t get Kovalev, no matter what the fans say. There are other teams out there with better prospects than what the Leafs have to offer, and Quinn will probably screw up any prospective deal, as he has in the past.

  17. big_booty says:

    You’re dreaming.

  18. rrudd says:

    i heard kovalev was coming to dallas, stright up for aaron downey.

  19. NYIchooch75 says:

    I heard Kovalev for Kvasha…seriously!

  20. guinsfan4life says:

    FIRST OF ALL BROOKS IS NOT A VERY RELIABLE SOURCE OF HOCKEY RUMORS. I HAVE READ SEVERAL RUMORS OF HIS IN THE PAST THAT SEEM TOTALLY OFF TRACK.

    THE KOVIE TO NJ WOULD BE A REACH, I THINK. I DON’T THINK PATRICK WOULD TRADE HIM TO SOMEONE IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE UNLESS THE OFFER WOULD OVERWHELM HIM.

    ALSO IT WOULD TAKE MORE FROM NJ THAN WHAT BROOKS IS SPECULATING. KOVIE MAKES 4.5 MIL THIS YEAR, WE CAN TAKE ON THAT MUCH IN PAYROLL IN PLAYERS.

    THE REASON WHY THE DEVILS AREN’T SCORING GOALS HAS VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH THEIR PERSONNEL ON THE ICE, BUT BEHIND THE BENCH. ONCE THEY CHANGE THEIR COACHING PHILOSOPHIES, THEY WILL SCORE MORE GOALS.

  21. guinsfan4life says:

    PATRICK WILL NOT DEAL WITH TORONTO. HE HAS NEVER DEALT WITH TORONTO AND NEVER WILL. HE HATES TORONTO AS MUCH AS THE REST OF US DO.

  22. Leaf_Expert says:

    sounds like your used to getting it up your “pie

    hole”…..

    Oh and,

    Have A Merry|pie-hole|Christmas…

  23. MapleLeafs says:

    In Canada we pay our players in American money moron.

    GO LEAFS GO

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